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What is Solar Energy?

Posted on: December 12th, 2019 by AC Direct

An image of soalr panels on a house in London, fitted by Air Conditioning Direct.
Alongside our air conditioning services, we also offer heat pumps and solar panels. For our last blog post of the year, we focus on solar energy and answer the most common questions surrounding it.

What is Solar Energy?

Solar energy is harnessed from the sun. Light particles from the sun are called photons and these particles contain energy that helps to fuel our planet.

How Can We Use Solar Power?

Solar energy is used in many ways, from powering or heating a room or machinery and even out in space to power satellites. Solar energy may also be used in areas that aren’t connected to the grid, providing major advancements to these areas.

What Are The Benefits of Solar Energy?

One of the most major benefits of solar energy is that it is by nature environmentally friendly and renewable. What’s more, using solar energy can dramatically reduce your bills (as well as your impact on the environment). Furthermore, solar energy is low maintenance so you can just let it work and reap the benefits.

When Will I Notice a Difference in my Energy Bills?

Your solar panels will start generating energy the day they are installed. How soon you will notice a difference in your energy bills will depend on when your bills are received, you could notice a difference in the first month.

How Many Solar Panels Will I Need?

An image of a house with multiple solar panels

There are various factors that will contribute to the number of solar panels you will need to run your home. To get an estimate on the number of solar panels your home will need, you can follow the below steps:

Calculate your daily electricity usage
Work out the average daily sunshine hours
Figure out the daily electricity output of a solar panel using sunshine hours (sunshine hours per day x solar panel wattage)
Divide the electricity output of a solar panel by your daily electricity usage

Does Solar Panels Work in Winter?

Yes. Despite the common myth that solar panels do not work during the winter months, in some cases, their energy output can actually be improved. The only time solar panels will not work during the winter is if they are covered with heavy snow, which blocks light from reaching them.

The same applies to overcast days; whilst a clear sunny day is optimum, the sun can still reach the panels on a cloudy day, as long as they aren’t being obstructed.

Air Conditioning Direct – Solar Energy

If you are looking at investing in solar panels or a heat pump to heat and cool your home, contact our dedicated team. Arrange an appointment with us and we’ll talk you through your options for heating and cooling your premises. Call 020 8989 8989. If you can’t chat right now, send your enquiry through to our contact form and we’ll be in touch shortly.

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